Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 fight purse and prize money: How much will each fighter earn in Saudi Arabia? | The Sun

ANTHONY JOSHUA is in for the fight of his life as he looks to defy the odds and win back the heavyweight belts he lost to Oleksandr Usyk last year.

AJ was outclassed in a defeat by unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this year and knows he will need to improve when he faces the Ukrainian again in Jeddah.

That loss may well have deprived the Watford-born fighter of a huge pay day against fellow Brit Tyson Fury.

But he's still in for a substantial haul of cash during his rematch with Usyk in Saudi Arabia.

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How much will Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk earn from their fight in Saudi Arabia?

Joshua and Usyk reportedly completed the biggest ever site deal, with Saudi Arabia agreeing to pay £65m to stage the fight.

That outstripped the £50m the Saudis paid for Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.

However, AJ is not set to earn as much as he did from the Ruiz bout.

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That is because the purse is being split 50/50 with Usyk.

Joshua's first fight with Ruiz was a voluntary defence, and therefore his team were able to insert a mandatory rematch clause giving him the bulk of the prize money even after he lost the first fight in Vegas.

Usyk was a mandatory challenger however, and agreed to insert a rematch clause only if the second purse was evenly split.

Amid some criticism of the Saudi deal, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT: “Boxing, quite frankly, is not golf [a reference to Saudi-backed LIV Golf].

“You’re dealing with people who are putting themselves on the line, putting their health on the line.

"It’s also, by the way, a 50/50 split, so we have absolutely no choice.

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“We would have loved to have done this fight in London at Tottenham, because it gives a fighter home advantage.

"But, guess what? Usyk’s team was not really prepared to go to London when there was four or five times the amount of money to go elsewhere.

“This is a very interesting debate. I’ve seen all the stuff going on with the PGA Tour. I repeat – This is not a game of golf.

“I have a responsibility to make sure these fighters come out of this sport with enough financial security to secure the next generation.”

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